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Boiga tanahjampeana ORLOV & RYABOV, 2002

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Tanahjampea Cat Snake 
SynonymBoiga tanahjampeana ORLOV & RYABOV 2002
Boiga tanahjampeana — DE LANG & VOGEL 2005
Boiga tanahjampeana — WALLACH et al. 2014: 107 
DistributionIndonesia (Tanahjampea island, Sulawesi Selatan Province)

Type locality: Tanahjampea Island, Sulawesi Selatan Province, Indonesia.  
TypesHolotype: ZISP 21938; male, collected by Buntje Soetanto and Vladimir I. Odinchenko, September 1999. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Large, massive boigas (SVL of males up to 1260 mm, Lcd = 353 mm, SVL of females up to 1440 mm, Lcd = 380 mm) with a high laterally compressed body, with a strongly enlarged central row of dorsal scales. The head is very large, wide. Scale rows oblique [Sq1 = 23 (25), Sq2 = 23, Sq3 = 17 rows]; V = 215 – 225; Scd = 98 – 103 pairs; anal plate entire; 8 – 9 supralabials, 11 – 12 infralabials; the third, fourth and fifth supralabials entering the orbit; the rostral shield is large, wide, slightly visible from above; loreal shield is small, squarish; 1 or 2 anterior temporals, 2 or 3 posterior temporals; one not large preocular, not reaching the upper surface of the head; two very small postoculars in the form of tiny granules; symphisial is small, triangular; very large genials, anterior genial shields are somewhat shorter than the posterior genial shields. The dorsal coloration of the body and the head is grey, absolutely without a pattern, the belly is of a white coloration; each dorsal and ventral scale is outlined with a narrow black-grey edge; the dark border of the supralabial and temporal shields is clearly visible. 
CommentHabitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018)

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Koch, A. 2011. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Sulawesi: Underestimated Diversity in a Dynamic Environment. In: F.E. Zachos and J.C. Habel (eds.), Biodiversity Hotspots. Springer, Berlin, p. 383-404 - get paper here
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  • Lang, Ruud de & G. Vogel 2005. The snakes of Sulawesi. A field guide to the land snakes of Sulawesi with identification keys. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurter Beiträge zur Naturkunde, 25, Frankfurt am Main, 312 pp.
  • Orlov, Nikolai L. and Sergei A. Ryabov 2002. A new species of the genus Boiga (Serpentes, Colubridae, Colubrinae) from Tanahjampea Island and description of "black form" of Boiga cynodon Complex from Sumatra (Indonesia). Russ. J. Herpetol. 9 (1): 33-56 - get paper here
  • Orlov, Nikolai L.; Sergei V. Kudryavtzev; Sergei A. Ryabov, and Oleg V. Shumakov 2003. A NEW SPECIES OF GENUS Boiga (SERPENTES: COLUBRIDAE: COLUBRINAE) AND COLOR ATLAS OF BOIGAS FROM BENGKULU PROVINCE (SUMATRA, INDONESIA). Russ. J. Herpetol. 10 (1): 31-52 - get paper here
  • Ramadhan, Gilang; Djoko T. Iskandar and Dadang R. Subasri. 2010. New Species of Cat Snake (Serpentes: Colubridae) Morphologically Similar to Boiga cynodon from the Nusa Tenggara Islands, Indonesia. Asian Herpetological Research 1 (1): 22-30 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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